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The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Macsjebs(m): 2:20pm On Apr 18
To a regular person, Spitfire the dog may look like just another Whippet, but to connoisseurs of the dock diving circuit, he is an incredible athlete in the same league as icons like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods or Babe Ruth.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, eight year-old Spitfire and his 16-year-old handler, Sydney, dominated the dock diving circuit like never before in the history of the sport. If you’re unfamiliar with the sport of dock diving, it’s essentially canines running on a wooden dock and jumping as far or as high as possible before diving into a pool of water.

And no dog does this better than Spitfire. Between 2016 and 2019, he broke a whopping 21 world records, jumping farther and higher than any other competitor and securing his status as the GOAT of dock diving.

Spitfire came into the Mackey family in 2013. Back then, he was just an adorable pooch with big puppy eyes that Sydney instantly fell in love with, but his athletic qualities were undeniable. The whippet was bred by a heritage breeder, inheriting great genes from both parents, but even so, his first experience with dock diving surprised everyone.

Sydney and her mother learned about dock diving in 2016, from a family friend who encouraged them to try it with Spitfire. In May of that year, they decided to give the sport a try and their pet proved to be a natural.

“He wasn’t shy, or scared or reserved about it, he just humped into the water,” Sydney’s coach recalls about Spittfire’s first ever dock dive. “Right away I went ‘just hold on, because this is gonna be fun, like that dog is going to take you places that you would have never imagined.'”

It wasn’t long after that very first jump that Sydney and Spitfire started making waves in the world of dock diving. They took the sport by storm and they dominated events across the United States like no team had ever done before. In three years time, they broke no less than 21 world records, and became known as an unbeatable duo.

Before he leaps into the air, the world’s best dock diver reaches a speed of about 30miles per hour, and when he takes to the air he can reach a distance of 31 feet before hitting the water, or whopping 8ft 6 inches, when he’s going for height. It’s no wonder they call him the flying dog…

But while Spitfire is undoubtedly the star of the show, most dock diving experts are convinced that despite his athletic abilities, he would have never reached his true potential without his young handler’s guidance. Sydney’s “Ready? READY? GoGoGoGoGOGOGOGOGOGOGO” pep-talk to get Spitfire fired up has become famous on the dock jumping circuit, and everyone acknowledges her merits.

Even though the pandemic really took its toll on dock diving as a sport, Spitfire has been keeping himself busy by winning new titles and setting new records. Even though he’s not as young as he used to be, he continues to dominate the sport and has already cemented his legacy as one of the best ever, if not the greatest.
Source: https://www.odditycentral.com/animals/meet-spitfire-the-michael-jordan-of-dock-diving-dogs.html

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by HallaDaTruth: 2:29pm On Apr 18
Nice one

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by retake89(m): 2:42pm On Apr 18
Nice one not like our own local bingos here. Na shit them sabi chop

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by doggedfighter(f): 2:57pm On Apr 18
Spitfire... ready?.........gogogogogogogo !

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by lkillbrokehoes: 3:20pm On Apr 18
Don't let Calabar people see this dog

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by free2ryhme: 3:33pm On Apr 18

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by mmadu4: 3:33pm On Apr 18
stupid dog . FUCCCK U

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Timon4real(m): 3:33pm On Apr 18
Guy, na laugh I dey laugh here since...
No kill me abeg grin
retake89:
Nice one not like our own local bingos here. Na shit them sabi chop

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by blazepascal(m): 3:33pm On Apr 18
e shock u no be juju be dat
Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by smartty68(m): 3:33pm On Apr 18
It reminds me of the movie title: Underdog aired in 2007.

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Onlinealaba(m): 3:33pm On Apr 18
Oyinbo go make you like dog ehn but 404 for naija here na casted

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Shellsploit: 3:33pm On Apr 18
Amazing spitfire shocked
Better than bingo wey dey tear neighbor slippers upandan!

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by orikoku: 3:33pm On Apr 18
My ekuke can do better.

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by tishbite41(m): 3:34pm On Apr 18
Ukala na Ukala
Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by mayskit4luv(m): 3:35pm On Apr 18
Ok
Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by TriCee: 3:35pm On Apr 18
I like, not your regular kind of bingo.

Tried training one ekuke sometime ago; I threw a small ball and shouted 'catch'! Omo! my bingo pursued the ball and disappeared o.

Went looking for him, only to find the nonsense ekuke dissecting a baby diaper full of shit. I gave up sad

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Queenlovely(f): 3:35pm On Apr 18
what we are seeing is the result, it did not happen overnight.

there was a process.

Nigerians should never abdicate process.

hoping to win one billion from bet9ja is an abdication of process. Rome was not built in a day

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Legalcriminal: 3:36pm On Apr 18
K

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by unity004(m): 3:36pm On Apr 18
grin grin angry very soon they will start frog diving competition, white people no get wahala at all. when some people may have not eaten since morning in this our darling zombie land, those diving dogs for the dive for pot of soup

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by BestNaija(m): 3:36pm On Apr 18
Flying dog indeed.

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Alejobs: 3:38pm On Apr 18
shocked
Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Risingblue008(m): 3:40pm On Apr 18
All we have here is EKUKE
Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by fineboynl(m): 3:42pm On Apr 18
ummm. I was expecting to see a strange looking dog with wings flying according to the topic.

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Anifoewoese007(m): 3:47pm On Apr 18
Swears .. I can't stop laughing ������� grin grin grin grin
Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by valentineuwakwe(m): 3:48pm On Apr 18
see wetin 16yearsdey do with one small dog....if na one place for Nigeria, dem for don marry the small girl out since and the other side for don use the dog do pepper soup!

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by pennywys(m): 3:48pm On Apr 18
angry
Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by southniyikaye(m): 3:48pm On Apr 18
Freeze come see your mate, na only make you dey chop, shit, pursue ekuke and do gragra for fowls u Sabi, stupid dog

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by iamyemiakins(m): 3:55pm On Apr 18
Be like say na crossbreed with kangaroo form Spitfire
Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Princeo88: 3:56pm On Apr 18
Nice. ...
Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Faller: 4:03pm On Apr 18
Used to have this Ekuke back then when I was in secondary school......There was a time when I came 8th in class.....I knew my dad was going to kill me....

So when I got home I gave my report card to my Ekuke...and I said Jimmy eat....the dog wasted no time in eating my report card....I was so happy... problem solved...

when my dad asked for my report card...I told him Jimmy ate it.....

I still received a beating of a lifetime for allowing Jimmy eat my report card....

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Re: The Flying Dog: Meet Spitfire, The Michael Jordan Of Dock Diving Dogs (Photos) by Chirowman(m): 4:05pm On Apr 18
Local ekuke with little training , tell that lady she's with better meat . See ekuke has been upgraded to spitfire ,this one's here is spit shit .

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